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John J. Coleman, III

PH: (205) 458-5167
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PH: (205) 458-5114
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A former chair and member of the firm’s Labor & Employment Law section, John’s trial experience includes the successful defense as lead counsel of banking, utility, automotive, manufacturing and food service industry employers in over seventy-five bench and jury trials, including one of the first Americans With Disabilities Act cases tried to a jury in Alabama, two of the first ADA cases in the state in which a jury returned a defense verdict based on the absence of an ADA disability, one of the first ADA verdicts for the employer in a mixed motive case, and one of the first ADA harassment cases nationwide. 

He has also counseled clients regarding regulatory compliance, personnel policies, employee handbooks, union organizing and rulemaking involving the ADA, the FMLA, the Alabama Workers’ Compensation Law of 1992, and various regulations related to drug testing and disability management. He has represented The Business Council of Alabama, the Alab...

  • Defending various employers successfully in cases defining “direct threat,” “disability,” and “reasonable accommodation” in the Eleventh Circuit.
  • Tried over two dozen cases to defense verdict in employment matters.
  • Obtained summary judgment in over three dozen cases in employment matters.
  • Defended various causation issues in workers’ compensation benefits cases in state appellate courts.
  • Defended numerous employers in administrative decisions including successful R and C cases under the National Labor Relations Act (including one hybrid case in which the NLRB found ULPs but declined to set aside an election voting down the union).
  • Received a favorable decision setting aside OSHA “willful” citations involving asbestos at a nuclear plant.
  • Received a favorable decision in a confined spaces case obtaining a disposition after hearing that reduced numerous repeat violations and $128,000 in fines to less than $8,000.
  • Arbitration decisions include labor decisions rejecting individual discharge grievances and one contract interpretation decision allowing the installation of a production line without seniority bidding for positions.

What is your favorite thing about the law?
It offers limitless intellectually challenging ways to be of service to others.

What was your first job?
Drink opener at Gus’s Hot Dogs in Crestline.

What are your hobbies?
Tennis and writing.

What advice would you give to a young student in law school?
Work hard, be honest, give back.


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